Drivers in the dark about European road rules

eBay has uncovered a knowledge gap which could put UK motorists travelling in Europe at the risk of being fined.

Many drivers travelling to Europe are unaware of local motoring regulations and won’t be carrying the kit required to ensure they are travelling legally on the Continent, with more than 40% of drivers who participated in the eBay study unaware that it’s an EU requirement to display a ‘UK’ sticker on your vehicle.

Almost a third of respondents (29%) were not aware that, when driving in the EU, you are required to carry a warning triangle, to alert other drivers in the event of breakdown.

Laura Richards, eBay category lead for vehicle parts and accessories UK, said: “A lack of awareness regarding EU driving requirements could put a financial dent in summer holiday road trips for UK motorists. Driving abroad is stressful enough, with new road layouts, unfamiliar surroundings and different speed limits to contend with. Motorists should do their homework to avoid the added stress of receiving a fine for failing to have the necessary basic kit onboard.”